There was a time when the very mention of the words 'concept album' would make the blood of many a journalist run cold and this was mild compared to the contempt held for the expression 'rock opera'. The mainstream media, in general, still retains an element of derision for progressive rock and some of its..
Hellsmoke is a new hard rock band from Helsingborg in Southern Sweden with 2020 being the band's heavy, incendiary and very hard hitting debut. The band began life when guitarist Christofer Dahlman (ex-Alyson Avenue, Bai Bang) and songwriter Torbjörn Månsson' joined forces with drummer Roger Landin (ex-Cloudscape) and their proto-metal built around snarling guitars and..
The German power/thrash metal band Squealer has long been a guaranteed supplier of hard and very heavy metal ever since its inception in the mid '80s with each of their albums being greeted with equal delight by its quite devoted fan base. However, the recorded output is hardly prolific with the publicity stating that this..
Shadow Tribe' is a new Finnish power metal band put together by the well established bass player Marko Pukkila (Altaria, Stargazery) and vocalist Kimmo Perämäk (ex-'Celesty', 'Spiritus Mortis', 'Masquerage') with guitarist 'Simo Pirttimaa' and drummer 'Petri Heinonen' ('King Satan') coming in to complete the team. 'Reality Unveiled' is an album two years in the making..
Lazarus Dream Lazarus Dream is a new hard rock project put together by the German pairing of Markus Pfeffer and Carsten Schulz with Alive. Being the debut release featuring thirteen tracks for 72-minutes of superior hard rock very much in Whitesnake's Slip Of The Tongue territory. Markus Pfeffer is a well established multi-instrumentalist and was..
I'm not sure how the band Winter's Verge has come to pass me by but it has and just the one listen the The Ballad of James Tig is enough to convince that the band is another totally over the top, majestic symphonic/power metal outfit that demands to be added to your must have list...
Mentalist is a new melodic metal band from Saarbrücken, Germany that was formed recently in 2018 which makes Freedom of Speech the band's debut disc. It is a most talented team of musicians that make up Mentalist with Peter Moog on guitar, Tomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian) on drums, Kai Stringer (Starchild) on guitars, Florian Hertel on..
Season Of Dreams is a new project put together by the French multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jean-Michel Volz and Swedish vocalist Johannes Nyberg with My Shelter being their debut album. Volz is the guitarist and songwriter for the French heavy rock band A Taste Of Freedom and Nyberg was the singer and keyboard player with Swedish..
Look at the band name and then the album cover and try to guess the music genre, OK, I just know that everyone screamed power metal and you are absolutely right. The wonder and beauty of power metal is that you know what you are going to get time after time and this is the..
This is a rather interesting hard rock album given that it is from the German singer Tina Schüssler and, I suspect, many of you will be like me and unaware of the name. However, if you are German than you will probably know her as a three-time kick boxing world champion, so would anyone be..